Homeschool Days

Part of successful homeschooling these days has to include keeping up with what's offered to homeschooling families. When you're sitting around taking a breather, letting the dishes pile up in the sink, take the opportunity to scour the web for such offers.


My kids spend a good portion of their time playing with these amazing little interlocking blocks. They build space ships and cars that fly and boats that fly and drive. They build houses, hotels, police stations, and malls. They learn to share, to trade, to negotiate. They learn value (in terms of dollars and in bricks). They encourage each other, rejoice in each other's work, and express a remarkable amount of creativity.

Of course I'm talking about the almighty LEGO brick.

My kids love LEGOs. Actually, I love them too. I am neither patient enough nor visual enough to build anything worth seeing, but I love to see what they come up with. Those base plates are canvases in our house.

But we just went. How is that, do you say? LEGOLAND has homeschool days! All you need to do is call to reserve your tickets for one (or more) of the designated homeschool days.

We do get the building sets for each of them from time to time -- Christmas, birthdays, just-for-fun days. At first I didn't understand why they wanted those at all; I figured it was just the power of the advertising. You see, then and still now, they get these sets, build them once or twice, and then mix up the bricks with all of their other bricks -- never to build the original set again. I figured why not just buy bricks. My oldest (and also my husband) finally explained it to me. First, there are special bricks in the sets that you won't get in a plain box of bricks, not to mention the neat minifigs.

Of course I'm talking about the almighty LEGO brick.

Second, it is fun to put the set together a couple of times, fun the way a good puzzle is fun. For other kids (and grownups) it may be that the assembled set, whatever it may be, is also fun to play with (or display). For my crew though the fun is mostly in the process of assembly. So, I've come to not mind the mixing of the bricks. Besides, we are so not the type of people who would easily keep those little things organized. That alone would take, and at times has taken, all of the fun out of this marvelous toy.

In one of the books we purchased a year or two ago there was an advertisement about a place called LEGOLAND. My LEGO-crazy bunch never really expected to be able to go there. Not only did Florida seem too far away, but after we checked it out online, they knew it was also probably way too expensive. And it was.

But we just went. How is that, do you say? LEGOLAND has homeschool days! All you need to do is call to reserve your tickets for one (or more) of the designated homeschool days. The calendar is available for download on the LEGOLAND Resort website.

What we have here is a good-old-fashioned field trip.

You'll also need to bring one of several acceptable forms of documentation to prove that you are a homeschool. Those were the representative's exact words, and I thought it was a little funny -- so much so that I found it hard not to giggle a bit. Lady, I am not a homeschool; I'm a person. Gee wiz.

Anyway, check it out. There's a LEGOLAND in Florida and also on the west coast in Cali. There's also a few in other parts of the world. I can only account for the educational discounts at the Florida resort though.

And heck, this is not really even a school vacation. LEGOs are completely educational -- at least as beneficial as reading a text book. What we have here is a good-old-fashioned field trip.